Sitting around in Columbus Circle after today’s race, brunching and chatting with teammates and fellow runners, I whined that I wasn’t sure how to address it on the blog, given how terrible I felt about it. Sarah wisely suggested haiku. So here goes:
Mile one: way too fast.
Miles two through six: craptastic.
That about sums it up. When, oh when, will I learn?
Race: NYRR Women’s Mini 10K
Date: June 12, 2010
Conditions: Warmish (70*), humid
Mile Pace: 7:56
Place (overall): 580 / 5,189
Place (F25-29): 189 / 1,375
This one isn’t going down in any record books, that’s for sure. Might even be a personal worst. I’ve run faster 10Ks when I was just running for fun. To say I fell apart is a serious understatement. In fact, I am not sure I’d have even seen it through to the end if I hadn’t spotted Elgin somewhere around mile 4. I pulled off the course and was nearly in tears. He pointed my pathetic ass back onto it and proceeded to trot alongside me outside the course until I pulled myself together enough to make it through the last mile. (I owe ya one, dude.)
On the bright side, I did get to run within, like, 5 feet of Paula Radcliffe for the first mile! Love that her five-months-pregnant pace is my going-out-too-fast pace. Ha.
Anyway. Forgetting about this one and moving on to the rest of my fabulous day.
Post race, I hung with the girls for a while, munched some delicious Whole Foods bar goodness, and soaked up some sun. Then home to pick up the hubs and off to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Madison Square. Man, wish I’d had my camera…the people watching was fantastic! And the baby back ribs were pretty good too.
After we’d stuffed ourselves with pork and a Mister Tastee cone, I walked the hubs to the train station. He’s headed out of town for work. Boo.
But…that means I get to have a little girly time tonight! On the way home I treated myself to a cheapo mani:
Kind of smurf colored, or kind of cool? I’m still deciding but leaning toward cool!
Da feet also got some love:
(Ignore the flip-flop marks, please. Ew.)
Now I’m chillin’ at home with a cold beer, completely ignoring the fact that my apartment is a total disaster and plotting more fun activities for the evening instead.
Hey, I suffered through 6.2 embarrassing miles this morning. I deserve it! 🙂
Today’s EAT: I’d definitely recommend the Big Apple BBQ Block Party if you’re a NYCer! Well, assuming you like meat. Lots and lots of meat. Of course it was crowded and a little chaotic with all of the lines for the various pit-masters, but worth it! Bring along a blanket and make a picnic day out of it. I always forget how nice Madison Square Park is!
Today’s DRINK: I really wanted a beer at the BBQ festival. Because seriously…is grilled meat really complete without a cold beer?
Alas. The beer garden was packed. And probably overpriced. We skipped it.
Instead, I’m enjoying a belated beer pairing with this Blue Point Brewing Company Summer Ale:
It’s a tough call, but summer brews might be my favorite seasonal beers. Not that I don’t love a good Oktoberfest or have a big soft spot in my heart (and on my liver) for Great Lakes Christmas Ale, aka the most Dangerous Beer in the World. But summer ales are always just so refreshing and fun and fruity (without being too fruity). Loves.
Today’s RUN: Warm up and race total: around 8 miles. I didn’t even bother cooling down. Bad girl.
I’m not sure what the next few weeks hold for me, running-wise. Races I am committed to include a 5K at the end of July and our club championships, a 5M, in August. And of course, Chicago looms in October – which I am totally in denial about right now.
I guess I’d pictured myself pretty much racing every weekend this summer, because it’s always been so much fun for me. But I think I might need to take a few weeks off and just focus on quality team workouts and figuring how to work my Chicago training into things. Besides being really expensive when you add it all up, I’m not having races that I’m happy with right now. A break might help.
In the meantime, I’ll be spending lots of quality time with these guys:
Foam roller and stick, you hurt so good. Maybe some extra time with them will help bring my legs back to life, too.
Today’s QUESTION: Haiku about something! Anything! 🙂